Ekiti State Amotekun Corps have arrested four suspected electric cable vandals in Ilupeju-Ekiti of Oye Local Government area of the state.
The state’s Corps Commander, Brigadier General Joe Komolafe (retd), said Amotekun corps also arrested another man in the process of stealing a commercial motorcycle at about 9.30pm in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Komolafe, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Monday while parading the five suspects, said, “Four of the suspects were arrested in connection with electric cable theft in Ilupeju, Oye Local Government area on Thursday.
“The four suspects went from Ado Ekiti to attack a building in Ilupeju Ekiti where they stole all the electric cables in the house. The people around the area suspected their movements and of course the bag they were carrying.
“The people raised the alarm and drew the attention of our our men. We searched them and we discovered the cables in the bags following which they confessed to the crime.
“The fifth suspect was caught in the act of stealing a motorcycle alongside a fleeing colleague on Friday. Our men arrested him when he was trying to steal the motorcycle. We got the distress call and unfortunately for him, we arrested him in the process while his friend fled.
“The five suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigation while efforts would be intensified to arrest the fleeing friend of the suspected okada robber,” Komolafe said.
One of the suspects, simply identified as Ojo, 18, who claim to be a 300-level law student in a Nigerian university, said he got involved in stealing of cables in order to raise money for his school fees.
The 18-year-old Ojo, said, “I lost my father years ago and my mother has stopped financing my education in the university after eloping with another man. I am a law student in the 300-level in the university. I came to Ekiti to ‘hustle’ for money to pay my school fees.
“I have never been involved in any crime in my life and I regret doing this. I want the government to have mercy on me and allow me return to my education. I want to be a lawyer,” he said.